Saturday, March 21, 2015

Quilt Weekend

Thanks to social media, I am aware that this is International Quilting Weekend.  This morning I decided to watch The Quilt Show episode #1404 with Victoria Findlay Wolfe.   I love Victoria's style of "play" quilting.  Just sew pieces together quickly and see what happens.  Okay, so maybe that is over simplified.  Fortunately this weekend you can watch her episode on the Quilt Show for free.

I was inspired to pull out some pieces and PLAY.  I went for a little more than 15 minutes but I had fun.  I have "little ones" for the rest of the weekend and most of next week, so I won't get to do anymore sewing most likely.
Here are my play pieces.  Only one of them is a full block but the other pieces will be added to and become bigger another day.
For three of them, I cut up a big four patch and sewed it onto corners and a side.  That will add some cohesion when they all go into the same quilt later.

I hope your 'quilting weekend' is being fun and/or productive.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A bit of Spinning and weaving

I haven't been doing much quilting lately as I have been engrossed in my spinning and weaving.  No fears, I have NOT stopped quilting, it is just on the back burner right now.

For St Patrick's Day, I decided to wind a couple of warps for my loom.  The warp is the part of the fabric that runs the lengthwise grain - you know, in quilting it is the direction with the least stretch - or almost NO stretch.  In Weaving the warp is the background to the piece but can really add color and sparkle.  I call this one Leprechaun's Treasures as it it green (clover) and gold (end of the rainbow.)
I had already shown you the yarn I spun in coils or beehives.
I decided really quickly to add that into my fabric. I wanted to see how it acted as weft (the cross grain of the fabric.)
Look at the texture and color pop it adds. 
I did some other textured yarns and some patterning in the weaving. 
Fun little color "bubbles"

No that is not a shadow in the top section, I used two colors. 
I also made another warp that will be used later - but I have six meter of this one to weave yet. 
Here is the other warp. I confess it is more "my" colors. 
The teal or peacock blue really makes me smile.  Of course these colors would also work wonderfully for a quilt.

At this moment I have more wool fiber absorbing the dye.  Once it is dry it will be spun into yarn for even more fun with fiber arts. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

As you may know (if you read the sidebar) I have some Irish heritage and I am PROUD of it.  For the celebration of the green, I have dyed some wool using green as one of the colors.  Then I spun it into a beehive art yarn.
See that lovely green in there!

And now I will "torture" you with my rendition of Danny Boy. There is no need to watch the video. To make it possible to upload to youTube, there must be video..so it is all clover.


Have a GREEN and Happy Day.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Scrappy Play

One of my favorite things to do with piecing is just PLAY.  Because of that I have lots of pieces of piecing.  Some of them are big chunks. Some of them are just odd shaped blocks.  Some of them are "what if I..." blocks.
So I decided to do a layout and see if there is enough for a quilt.
OH MY!
This is at least big enough for a twin size quilt.  I am sure I have even more pieces in other "stash spots."  My plan is to do this in sections of quilt as you go.  Then join it.  The joining strips will be "lost" in the wild variety of this scrappy quilt.
Looking at the picture, I think I may chop the lower left piece in half(ish) to spread out that plaid fabric.

If you want to learn to do scrap quilting too, Craftsy has a great class on it with Pepper Cory. It is called : Scrap Quilting: Waste Not, Want Not.   (This is an affiliate link. If you click it and purchase the class, I may receive a small stipend.)  This is a great time to try a Craftsy Class.  For the next five days (counting today) many classes are 50% off.   AND Craftsy has a money back guarantee.
I will tell you that I do take Craftsy classes.  I don't recommend anything that I wouldn't buy.   I have not taken the Pepper Cory class, so if you take it, I would love to hear your comments on the class.



Don't miss the giveaway on yesterday's post - it ends Friday.  FYI - GothicL (and SEVERAL Others)- you are a no-reply so unless you leave me your email address, you can't win.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

((CLOSED for entry) Giveaway!!!! Japanese Lanterns Pattern

Today I am giving away two PDF copies of my "Dance of the Japanese Lantern's" quilt pattern.



This is a fairly easy quilt to make and if you chain piece it will go together quickly. 


Giveaway now Closed.  Winners are:
#5 Julianne
and
# 9 Jeanna
and because I want to do it there is a third winner!
# 1 rarely seems to win - so Lynn - you get a prize too. 

To enter leave a comment telling me what color background fabric you would choose when you make the quilt AND what types of fabric you would use for the lanterns.  
I will choose two winners on Lucky Friday the 13th.  As there is no issue with shipping or customs, this giveaway is open to everyone.  However,  I must be able to email you.  If you are a no-reply you need to leave an email address or you simply can not win. 
Be aware that for this giveaway I may not answer comments if there are lots of entries. Please share and send your friends over to enter also.



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